A day off did wonders for Iowa.
The Hawkeyes rebounded from back-to-back close losses Thursday and Friday to blow out No. 20 Wichita State, 84-62, Sunday. They never trailed in the contest and finished seventh at the eight-team Advocare Invitational in Orlando.
Iowa (4-2) shot 28 of 52 (53.8 percent) from the floor, including 8 of 18 (44.4) on threes, against the Shockers, who were missing star point guard Fred VanVleet (hamstring injury).
Notre Dame held the Hawkeyes to 25 of 66 (37.9) on field goals (6 of 24 on threes) in a 68-62 win on Friday. A day earlier, they were 27 for 62 (43.5) in a 82-77 loss against Dayton.
As well as Iowa did in finding its shooting range Sunday, turning up on the defensive end probably proved most beneficial. It held the Shockers (2-4) to 21 of 59 (35.6) field-goal shooting. Dayton shot 49.1 and Notre Dame 45.5 against the Hawkeyes.
Jarrod Uthoff paced Iowa with a game-high 22 points Sunday to go with seven rebounds, five blocks and two steals. The senior from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High averaged 20.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the three Orlando games. For the season, he’s averaged 17.4 and 5.4.
Center Adam Woodbury added 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists Sunday for the winners. Iowa’s Mike Gesell chipped in 14 points, nine assists and five rebounds, while teammate Peter Jok contributed 12 points and six boards.
The Hawkeyes return to action Wednesday (8:20 p.m. CT, ESPNU) when they play host to Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
You can listen to what Gesell, Woodbury and Iowa Coach Fran Mccaffery had to say after the Wichita State game in the interview below.